Recruitment #2301-142561-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.

NOTE: On a weekly basis, applications received will be reviewed and the names of qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring department for immediate further consideration.


The Operations Driver Workers provide professional driving and critical manual laboring functions, including municipal solid waste and recycling collection, street sweeping, snow and ice control, and operation of heavy equipment for the Department of Public Works. 

This position is critical to the cleanliness, health and safety of the City, its residents and visitors.

 "The Department of Public Works is committed to providing the highest quality of services to its internal and external customers."

Essential Functions

Driving and Technical

  • Perform professional commercial driving; operate collection and specialty vehicles.
  • Collect and load municipal solid waste or recyclable waste, furniture, miscellaneous items, and brush.
  • Drive, maintain and operate trucks and special equipment, such as garbage packers, street sweepers, Roll-Offs (open top dumpsters), Labrie automated side loading trucks, Vacall vacuum trucks, tri-axle dump trucks, sensor salting trucks, front loading trucks, skid steer trucks, and small tractors in order to perform waste collection, leaf clean-up, plowing, salting, or other ice control operations.
  • Serve as a first responder for emergency snow and ice control operations by operating salt trucks, garbage trucks with plows, and other miscellaneous equipment to provide the City of Milwaukee with safe, passable streets throughout the winter season.  
  • Monitor vehicle condition and perform minor maintenance on trucks such as checking and maintaining fluid levels, greasing, washing, inflating tires, and checking tire tread; report vehicle maintenance needs.
  • Modify vehicle-related equipment, including adjusting the broom on street sweepers, connecting plowing blades onto garbage packers, securing loads, and attaching hydraulic lines to maintain optimal equipment performance.
  • Operate assigned vehicles safely and load them within legal weight limits.
  • Perform manual labor such as lifting, pushing, and pulling waste carts and other large items such as furniture and brush.
  • Provide job related documentation by completing forms for payroll reporting, vehicle service needs, combined collection crew checklist, and residential cart tag notifications.

Customer Focus

  • Provide professional, courteous waste collection services and assistance to City residents, including providing Sanitation services information, answering questions, listening to complaints and concerns, offering resolutions and, when necessary, referring the matters to a supervisor.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Drive and work in inclement weather (e.g., snow and ice) and withstand prolonged exposure to extreme weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, rain, wind, and snow).

  • Respond to emergency call-outs and report within 30 minutes at any time during the day or night, any day of the week, for snow and ice control operations and other emergencies.
  • Work extended hours and beyond normally assigned shifts to meet the needs of the department.
  • See clearly both near and far to read signage and perform job duties safely and accurately.
  • Perform heavy physical work including lifting, moving, and transferring objects and equipment weighing up to 100 lbs. occasionally and up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis.
  • Perform physical activities in the work environment for extended periods of time that require walking long distances, climbing in and out of equipment, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Willingness to work in all Milwaukee neighborhoods to serve City residents.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) (Class A or B) without the Air Brakes restriction by the date the application period closes, throughout the hiring process, and throughout employment.  
  2. Good driving record. Driving records will be checked prior to job offer.   
  3. Appointment to the Operations Driver/Worker positions within the Department of Public Works requires residency within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Milwaukee within six months of appointment and throughout appointment to the position pursuant to Rule III, Section 4(f) of the Rules of the City Service Commission. A map defining the jurisdictional boundary is located on the Fire and Police Commission website at: http://city.milwaukee.gov/fpc/Residency-Map.htm#.WPTR5E11qAg.


You must provide your CDL number by the application closing date to be considered for this position. The CDL number must be provided on the online application or sent via email to staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov. Not providing your CDL number by the date of application period close will result in the application being rejected.

A CDL may be obtained by passing: 

-The General Knowledge and Air Brakes portions of the Commercial Driver’s License test given by the State of Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.
-A road test administered by an approved third-party administrator.

Please visit the DMV’s website for more information regarding the testing process and third-party administrators for the road test: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/cdl-how-aply/cdl-how-to-apply.aspx


By law, persons in these positions are required to pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to random drug and alcohol testing during the course of employment.  Candidates must sign a release authorizing the City to receive the results of any drug and alcohol tests conducted by previous employers during the past two years if those tests were required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience driving vehicles over 26,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight, including snow plowing experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of and ability to follow safe working practices.
  • Ability to safely operate related vehicles and equipment such as trucks, plows, and ice equipment.
  • Ability to monitor traffic to ensure safe conditions while working.
  • Ability to read and interpret City street maps.
  • Ability to follow directions and schedules.  
  • Ability to troubleshoot and perform minor maintenance on assigned vehicles such as checking and maintaining proper fluid levels, tire air pressure, and tread on tires.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and learn departmental rules, policies, and procedures.

Communication, Customer Service, and Interpersonal

  • Customer service skills to be able to work effectively with diverse groups of people inside and outside the organization.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively in a team-oriented, collaborative environment with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own, including the ability to courteously interact with the public.
  • Verbal communication skills to be able to explain the basics of garbage and recycling policies, in addition to snow/ice and leaf operations. 
  • Ability to utilize sound judgement. 
  • Ability to maintain situational awareness at all times. 
  • Honesty and responsible usage of City of Milwaukee resources.

Current Salary

The current starting salary (Pay Range 8KN) is $47,890 annually ($23.02 hourly), and the resident incentive salary for City of Milwaukee resident is $49,327 annually ($23.71 hourly). Appointment will be made in accordance with the City of Milwaukee Salary Ordinance.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance 
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leave 
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass  

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit https://city.milwaukee.gov/der/benefits

Selection Process

The selection process will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral or performance tests; or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to the oral examination. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.  

This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be accepted and interviews held as often as required during 2023 to meet the needs of the City. Qualified applicants will be notified of the time and location of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee. The names of successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list in a rank determined by the final score without reference to the date of the examination. The names of candidates who pass all phases of the selection process may remain on an eligible list resulting from a continuous examination for up to six months.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting www.jobapscloud.com/MIL.
  • Applications and license documentation should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.